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Inspirational Quotes and Insights from Investing Legend Carl Icahn

“ You learn in this business: It you want a friend, get a dog ”

– Carl Icahn

“ When you have no one to answer to, vendetta as investment strategy is as legitimate as anything ”

– Carl Icahn

“ Some people get rich studying artificial intelligence. Me, I make money studying natural stupidity ”

– Carl Icahn

“ When friends and acquaintances are telling you [that] you are a genius, before you accept their opinion, take a moment to remember what you always thought of their opinions in the past ”

– Carl Icahn

“ In life and business, there are two cardinal sins. The first is to act precipitously without thought and the second is to not act at all ”

– Carl Icahn

“ When most investors, including the pros, all agree on something, they’re usually wrong ”

– Carl Icahn

“ Don’t confuse luck with skill when judging others, and especially when judging yourself ”

– Carl Icahn

“ Everything I have is for sale, except for my kids and possibly my wife ”

– Carl Icahn

“ Don’t go in and tell somebody else how to run their business ”

– Carl Icahn

“ In risk there is reward… ” 

– Carl Icahn

“ The cardinal rule is to have enough capital at the end of the day ”

– Carl Icahn

“ I was always a good chess player ”

– Carl Icahn

“ Ideas comes to you… not necessarily working and sitting at a desk… ”

– Carl Icahn


“The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting.”

– Carl Icahn

“The activists are the investors with the best track records.”

– Carl Icahn

“I never go into a battle unless I think I can win.”

– Carl Icahn

“The best way to make money is not to lose it.”

– Carl Icahn

“Activism is about a fundamental belief that you can change a company, you can make it better.”

– Carl Icahn

“When I buy a stock, I become the company’s biggest shareholder. I’m not looking to sell and I’m not looking for liquidity.”

– Carl Icahn

“You can’t just go out and hire a great manager. You have to create one.”

– Carl Icahn

“Risk is inherent in an investment, but I want to control that risk as much as possible.”

– Carl Icahn

“I love the risk/reward in investing. I relish the challenge. If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

– Carl Icahn

“The problem with the world is that it’s controlled by short-term thinkers.”

– Carl Icahn

“You can’t time the market. I can’t time it. Nobody can.”

– Carl Icahn

“The market has a way of humbling you every so often, no matter how smart you think you are.”

– Carl Icahn

“You can have the greatest idea in the world, but if you can’t communicate your ideas, it doesn’t matter.”

– Carl Icahn

“A lot of my success in business has come from my ability to be stubborn and stick to my principles.”

– Carl Icahn

“When you have a position, you have to stick to it. You have to ride it out, sometimes through good and bad.”

– Carl Icahn


“The main focus in my life has always been the same: to make money, to create value.”

– Carl Icahn


“I have never really had a plan. I’ve always wanted to make money, but I’ve also wanted to enjoy what I’m doing.”

– Carl Icahn

“The only way you can win in the game of capitalism is to go against the herd.”

– Carl Icahn

“I think you learn more from your mistakes than your successes.”

– Carl Icahn

“One of the reasons I’ve been successful is because I’ve always been able to separate my emotions from my investments.”

– Carl Icahn

“I like to be friendly with my competitors. You never know when you might want to buy their company.”

– Carl Icahn

“The market is always wrong in the short term, but right in the long term.”

– Carl Icahn

“You can’t be too careful about the financial system. One day it’s going to crack and collapse.”

– Carl Icahn

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to be a successful investor. Just stick to the basics.”

– Carl Icahn

“Don’t try to predict the future. Focus on what you know and understand.”

– Carl Icahn

“I think activism has been misunderstood. It’s not about being destructive, but about being constructive.”

– Carl Icahn

“I’ve always believed that in business, the most important thing is to have an edge.”

– Carl Icahn

“The best investments are usually the ones where you have the best information.”

– Carl Icahn

“If you want to control a company, you have to own a significant stake in it.”

– Carl Icahn

“I don’t have to be right all the time. I just have to be right more often than I’m wrong.”

– Carl Icahn

“If you want to be successful in this business, you have to be willing to take risks.”

– Carl Icahn

“You have to be able to adapt to change. The world is constantly evolving, and you have to evolve with it.”

– Carl Icahn

“When you’re investing, you’re always betting on the future.”

– Carl Icahn

“I’ve always believed in the power of concentration. It’s better to have a few great investments than a lot of mediocre ones.”

– Carl Icahn

“You have to be willing to do the work. Investing is not easy. It takes time and effort.”

– Carl Icahn

“If you want to make money, you have to be willing to make tough decisions.”

– Carl Icahn

“The best investments are often the ones that nobody else wants.”
“You have to be willing to go against the consensus. Sometimes the market is wrong, and you have to be willing to bet against it.”

– Carl Icahn

“You have to be patient. Investing is a long-term game.”

– Carl Icahn

“The best investment you can make is in yourself. Continuously learn and improve.”

– Carl Icahn

“It’s not about being the smartest person in the room. It’s about being the most prepared.”

– Carl Icahn

“Investing is like playing poker. You have to be able to read the other players and adjust your strategy accordingly.”

– Carl Icahn

“The stock market is a giant distraction to the business of investing.”

– Carl Icahn

“Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong. Cut your losses and move on.”

– Carl Icahn

“Don’t let fear or greed drive your investment decisions. Stay rational and objective.”

– Carl Icahn

“Don’t confuse luck with skill. It’s important to recognize when you’ve been lucky and not let it inflate your ego.”

– Carl Icahn
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